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Post  Ellie0505 6/23/2010, 6:22 pm

This is what my SFG garden looks like today:pictures of my cinder block SFG Garden53

My tiny little tomatoes that looked like this on June 10th:pictures of my cinder block SFG Img_5616

Look like this today:pictures of my cinder block SFG Tomato26
(See all the little black arrows? Those are all golf-ball sized 'maters)


My green bell pepper plant that looked like this on June 10th:pictures of my cinder block SFG Img_5610

Looks like this today:pictures of my cinder block SFG Img_5619

Here's a few of pictures of the marigolds that I planted in the holes of the cinder blocks:pictures of my cinder block SFG Img_5620pictures of my cinder block SFG Img_5621pictures of my cinder block SFG Img_5622

I pictures of my cinder block SFG Herz SFG'ing!
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Post  kimbertangleknot 6/23/2010, 6:41 pm

Very nice. After seeing this, I've started a cost comparison between wood and cement blocks. As of right now, the cement blocks are winning with the cost comparison, because of having to use pressure treated wood. Which means, plastic would have to be used as a barrier between the wood and soil (in the container on the sides).

To build a two level garden as you did is what I would do, I think it looks awesome. I like the triangle planter as well, very very nice Smile
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Post  Ellie0505 6/23/2010, 6:45 pm

@kimbertangleknot wrote:Very nice. After seeing this, I've started a cost comparison between wood and cement blocks. As of right now, the cement blocks are winning with the cost comparison, because of having to use pressure treated wood. Which means, plastic would have to be used as a barrier between the wood and soil (in the container on the sides).

To build a two level garden as you did is what I would do, I think it looks awesome. I like the triangle planter as well, very very nice Smile

Thanks. The triangle planter is for my strawberries. It's made out of cedar fence boards that were $1.59/each at Home Depot. Pretty cheap.
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Post  Aussie Girl 6/23/2010, 6:47 pm

Wow Ellie, your garden is looking great.

I love Marigolds, they are a very under-rated flower.

Congrats on your tomato's & peppers!
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Post  Chopper 6/23/2010, 7:30 pm

Love it!
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Post  spinnb8 7/27/2010, 7:15 pm

are there any issues of soil pH with the alkaline concrete blocks? I was thinking of rebuilding my beds this way and was not sure. looks great!
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Post  1chichi 7/28/2010, 8:28 am

Very creative use of materials. pictures of my cinder block SFG Herz I would love to make one like this.
I searched for the cost of cedar boards, and here they are $3.00 eachat Lowe's. This area doesn't have much freecycle or recycle either. I can get end cuts of pine pretty cheap, but it's not as attractive as the cedar.
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Post  trustinhart 7/28/2010, 8:36 pm

How lovely and imaginative, keep the pics coming
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Post  sceleste54 7/28/2010, 11:46 pm

Lovely garden and Lovely photography too !!
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Post  new2this 7/29/2010, 10:05 am

Very nice garden, Ellie - thanks for posting!
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Post  boffer 7/29/2010, 10:21 am

@spinnb8 wrote:are there any issues of soil pH with the alkaline concrete blocks? I was thinking of rebuilding my beds this way and was not sure. looks great!
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I don't know the scientific answer. But, I've been growing veggies in a raised bed contained with blocks, for six years. I have grown lettuce, rads, beets, and onions in the holes of the blocks. So far, so good :!:
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Post  jwbryson 7/29/2010, 10:53 am

I'm jealous. Those are the healthiest looking tomato plants I've seen in awhile. I've got 4 tomato plants, and I've gotten a few tomatoes, but not much. Maybe it's the heat this year.
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Post  moosedroppings 8/1/2010, 11:07 am

I am really thinking about going with the concrete blocks for my garden. I just hope mine look as good as yours do.
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Post  Icemaiden 8/1/2010, 11:35 am

That looks fantastic! Great use of the space too.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner 12/25/2010, 11:32 pm

Great design!! That centerpiece really wraps the whole thing together.

The marigolds are a great idea. I have actually read somewhere that marigolds ward off mosquitos, but attract other beneficial insects. Kind of a win/win. However, I have never realized the effects of mosquito repellant personally.

I know I'm late to the party, but is there anything holding the blocks together or are they just stacked and supporting the pressure of all that soil?
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Post  Ceashels 2/1/2011, 8:07 am

Gorgeous! I hadn't thought of using cinder blocks. I'll be pricing out the footage that I need Smile though I'm not certain my DH will be thrilled with the idea.... but that is what paint is for! Wink
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Post  walshevak 2/1/2011, 9:56 am

I think this is awesome. If HOA police are an issue, how easy is it to porrage (stucco) and paint?


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Post  quiltbea 2/1/2011, 10:41 am

That's a lovely SFG. I like the idea especially as I grow older. A nice, deep garden where I don't have to bend over too far.

Price is a big consideration, but I thought I might try buying a few blocks at a time when I have extra money and saving them for another year down the road.

I know that the cinder block traps the heat so that must be great for heat-loving plants like pepper and tomaotes. Yours are scrumptious.

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Post  SQFTBIX 2/1/2011, 10:59 am

I have had a cinder block garden for almost two years. My elderly neighbor was gettting ready to get rid of about 80 or so of them and he asked me if I had any use for them. You bet I took them all afterall, I am frugal. I have 4 4X4 blocked garden plots plus I used a bunch to set up my 4 rain barrels so the water would flow from my gutter into each barrel. Best stuff I ever got for just an hour of sweat equity. I am always looking for stuff I can use in the garden. One of my new finds is the restore warehouse in Baltimore City. Great place to find things cheap. Cool
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